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agree to do that with certain high profile cases. they did it for example last year during the obama care argument. then, the court said well what we're going to do is to make this incredibly transparent we're just going to take the oral argument from all three days, monday, tuesday, wednesday and make them available on the website friday. showing how open and transparent for educators like you, and making it impossible for journalists like us to get anything out of it. we asked the chief in one of our lunches, i guess i'm violating the seekity of the lunches. >> it's on you. >> yes, it is. [laughter] but what adam told me -- [laughter] we said can we do this a little more often to have the same day argument and basically he said i don't think it's going to happen. he said he does not want to be in the position in trying to decide which case is newsworthy enough to merit that treatment. but the other thing i think the justices fear it's the camel nose for television coverage and they don't want to go here. >> so thank you for having me. a great pleasure to be here with my friends in
and again persistent. >> i want to ask you about president obama's may speech on terrorism. we are at a crossroads. we need to ask ourselves hard questions and how we should refer to them. what did the speech change and what does it mean for your mission and had to change it if at all? >> it was an important speech. i am lucky to be there. i took some analysts -- no, sir. not at all. we're at a crossroads. the president in some ways, this the counterterrorism community so many in this room, it really challenged us to do two things. to think hard about the threat and to be very precise and rigorous and how we defined the threat and not fall into traps like we fell into are sought after benghazi of a binary choice. it is either al qaeda or not. that is not the reality. it is much more complicated. it needs to be careful in how we define who is al qaeda and what is the threat because of course how we defined the threat is the crux of the developing a strategy. that's the second part of how the president challenged us. how to think of the threat as we look to keep up the pressure b
there, and then of course with michelle obama, that requires looking at old photographs. but i think they are representative of their time in the white house. >> how much research did you do on the floor as featured in this painting before you began? >> in terms of history, i went immediately to my collection of first lady portraits and things like that. so i saw what they would like to be seen and perhaps would like to be publicly seen. martha was, of course, a lot harder. for the others it was more on photography, lots of photography. with all that information, i pieced together images i thought were good and representative. >> what is the process you go through? how much work goes into the projects before you start? >> well, i first did all the research and background. for a normal portrait of someone, i really need to reprent somewhat life size and in 3-d. and in sculpting, too, figures. relatively small too, figures. portraits. a lot of the work is gathering images. but then, what i started with as a kid, mostly pencil work. i paint -- this is painted on forboard, to make it eas
, comments from noted historians, fromap -- thoughts michelle obama. our website has more on the first ladies including a special section welcome to the white house. it is produced with our partners. it chronicles the life in the executive mansion during the tenure of each of the ladies. you can find out more at www.c- span.org. >> c-span, we bring up there's directly to you putting you in the room at congressional hearings, white house events, refutes, and commerce is it offering complete coverage of the u.s. house all as a public service a public industry. created by the cable tv industry 34 years ago. now, you can watch us in hd. tonight, and discussion about intelligence gathering and counterterrorism efforts. and look at how technology and innovation in latin america is helping u.s. businesses. a review of the prison system and addressing issues of overcrowding and high incarceration costs. >> what is interesting in washington in this age is once you have that title, even if it's a very short title, even voted out after one term you can stay in washington and be a former chief of staff o
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